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Thursday, January 12, 2012

We're Back!

Hello everyone! We are so happy to be back after a very long break. We are refreshed and ready to begin the new year! 

We have many exciting projects planned for this year. Our focus this year will be on items we have rescued from the curb by turning them into something fabulous. With creativity and use of uncommon items, we hope to inspire our readers to think outside the box and at the same time create something beautiful for your home that doesn't cost a lot of money. 

Here are some of our favorite curbside projects from last year. Most of the projects were less than $20.00, which will continue to be our goal for our projects this year. 

We would like to Thank all of our faithful and awesome followers! Your positive comments truly inspire us each and everyday. Happy New Year! 

Until next time.....


Friday, October 7, 2011

$5.00 Pet Costume

Meet Oscar the Grouch..oops I mean Tiffany...my 4 year old Brussels Griffon...

Today's post is brought to you by the letter "O" for Oscar the Grouch. I am sharing with you a costume you can create for less than $5.00 for your furry friend.

I used an old basket that my neighbor was throwing out, cut it down to fit and then spray painted it Brilliant Silver by Krylon (on sale at Hobby Lobby for 30% off) to mimic a trash can. Some items I already had on hand, black construction paper, orange ribbon and chalk paint was used to create the pennant flag. I purchased one can of green hair color from Walmart for $2.17 and gently sprayed Tiffany's hair. For her face, I sprayed it on my hands and then rubbed it on the hair near her eyes. 
My dogs love being pulled every year in my red wagon through the neighborhood to trick or treat. This basket will fit in the wagon perfectly! So there you have it a pet costume for only $5.00. 
Naptime Crafters

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Season 3 Contestant on American Crafter

Yay! We were selected to compete in Season 3 of American Crafters over at Naptime Crafters! Woo Hoo!


Our painted fabric zebra chair secured our spot! In case you missed the post click here.

Round One is Halloween!

Voting for Round 1 will open Friday Morning. Please mark your calendars and head on over to Naptime Crafters to vote for us...pretty please with sugar on top. :-)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Under $20.00 Front Porch Decor

Today we will show you how to decorate your front porch using what you already have on hand and with items that we found at the curb.

We found this old ladder on the side of the road. It was pretty rough but a coat of creamy white paint cleaned it right up. We added a plastic Halloween candy bucket with a potted plant and a pennant flag we created with fabric scraps and cardboard and the words "Boo" were written with a Sharpie.

We created a wreath using a bag of black beans, some fabric scraps, cardboard and LOTS of glue.

We glued the beans to a piece of round cardboar?d we cut. This was a very time consuming wreath because in terms of weight the beans need to be laid out one layer at a time. We used spray adhesive to glue the beans to the cardboard. Then sprayed over the beans with another coat. Then we used plain old Elmer's glue and poured it all over the beans. We waited a day for it to dry and then repeated the process. On the third day, we cut fabric scraps tied it around the wreath, added a bow and then hung it on our front door. It was time consuming but we didn't have to buy anything to make it since we already had everything on hand.

The black chair was a curbside find. We found it just like this and thought it was perfect the way it was. As the season's change we can easily swap out potted plants or add a pumpkin like we did here to fit the seasons. Who knows? Santa might be sitting there next!

We used a Black Sharpie to add stripes to the white Heirloom pumpkins and the large orange pumpkins.

Some fresh flowers in an old crate fill up the space under the chair.

So there you have it. You can create a space using items found at the curb or by using what you already have on hand. The only items we purchased were the two large pumpkins and some fresh mums. Everything else we had on hand. Overall cost was less than $20.00.

Until next time.....
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Dollar Curb Art

You know the song "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" from the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blonds? It's iconic.

Marilyn Monroe prefers Diamonds. We prefer the diamonds in the rough that we find at the Curb. 

To us "The Curb is a Girls Best Friend".

Monday, September 26, 2011

Welcome to Crazy Town (My Garage Sale)

This past weekend I had a garage sale. The last time I had a garage sale was over three years ago. Yeah I know, can you imagine how much crap was in my garage? 

Here was my ad.

Garage Sale
Saturday - Sunday 7:00 AM - ?
Vintage Items, Antiques, Household Decor, Furniture, etc.
Priced to go! I need room in my garage! I can't take it anymore!

Pretty standard, right?

I am normally going to garage sales not hosting them so I had forgotten what it was like to be on the other side. So here are my own observations and stories about some..not all..of the people who came to my garage sale.

Monday, September 19, 2011


We wanted to send out a warning about a situation that happened to us last week.

Last week we were posting our projects to link parties we participate in every week. As we were scrolling through the projects that linked up we ran across this picture, which is our project, with a completely different title, "Moroccan Inspired Bench". Hmmm...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blog Awards

Last week we were awarded FOUR blog awards from the fabulous Tanya Anurag, author of Kreative Korner. Thank you so much for thinking of us. We truly appreciate you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hello Lover

Where have you been all my life? 
Waiting for me by the curb? Oh no, that's so sad. I know it is lonely out there. I will take you in.

Monday, September 12, 2011

HELLO Sunshine!

The last two weeks it has rained here everyday. I feel so blah when it rains all the time. Luckily, this past weekend was absolutely beautiful! The humidity was gone and the breeze was warm but crisp. I was inspired by the sunshine so I repainted a huge sun mirror that was in the dining room and hung it over the daybed outside. Don't worry it is plastic so if it starts raining again it will be just fine.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for featuring our projects last week! You all are just so wonderful!!! Thank you for making our week! :-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cutter Island

Ever feel alone when it comes to sewing? Why do some people make it seem so easy! Sewing is definitely not one of our strong suits but we decided to give it a shot. 
Cute Huh?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Aydan Pie

Who is sweet as pie? Why of course our sweet little cousin Aydan Pie! For a little girl this sweet we created a desk fit for a princess. How could we resist? We revamped an old Vintage school desk for less than $20.00.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Psst...We have a Secret

We have always wanted to do a piece of furniture using chalkboard paint. With our limited DIY budget we always try to think outside the box. Guess what? You don't have to use expensive chalk paint or go through the hassle of making your own with non sanded tile grout. Gasp! Yes, it is faux chalk paint!

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